Don't Look Now: Things We Wish We Hadn't Seen

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5.5 X 8.4 X 0.6 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Kristen Iversen is the author, most recently, of Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats. Her essays and stories have appeared in the New York Times, The Nation, Reader's Digest, Fourth Genre, and elsewhere. Iversen is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Cincinnati and serves as the Literary Nonfiction editor of the Cincinnati Review.

David Lazar is the author of the soon to be released Celeste Holm Syndrome. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago and a former Guggenheim Fellow in Nonfiction. Lazar is the founding editor of the literary magazine Hotel Amerika and series coeditor of 21st Century Essays at Mad Creek Books.


"How does the heart bear unbidden shock? What are the rules of engagement with ferocious memories? These gorgeous essays perform acts of homage, bravery, and forgiveness; show what can be made of the searing left by life-altering experiences; and point us toward a deeper understanding of both vulnerability and the capacity to rebuild at the blast site." --Lia Purpura
"Don't Look Now: Things We Wish We Hadn't Seen merits its title--a series of scarifying essays on sights, scenes, and memories we might have rather missed. But this not-to-be-missed collection becomes its own bright antidote and, for the reader, a gift." --Nicholas Delbanco, author of Why Writing Matters and Curiouser and Curiouser: Essays (OSU Press, 2017)
"A typewriter tattoo, the body bent in prayer, the hazy outline on an ultrasound screen--these are some of the stark and humbling and heartbreaking images shared in an anthology of voices so rich and varied. Even more than the moments these writers can't unsee, this haunting collection of essays will stay with you too." --Sonja Livingston, author of Ghostbread
"[The collection] will appeal to readers drawn to how literature can be used to confront, and possibly get past, damaging memories." --Publishers Weekly